I have (almost) been diagnosed with COPD - emphysema has been mentioned. This is the result of tightness in chest, increased breathlessness, and a chest xray which shows hyperinflation of the lungs . I also have a sore pain in the left side of my chest, and I have had this for a long time.
The doctor said that any COPD is likely to be mild, which is reassuring. However, I do get very breathless, I have had these symptoms for years (a chest xray was done and lost about three years ago) and they have got worse over time, and I feel sort of full most of the time.
I had hoped the Dr would do a spirometer test to see what stage this COPD was at, but this has not been mentioned yet.
I am a bit worried because in many sources (and I know we should not trawl the Internet for information) hyperinflation occurs at a later stage of COPD (possibly stage 2) because the lungs can no longer empty themselves fully.
I do not want to pester the Dr, but I am worried that the symptoms are not being taken seriously, and my breathlessness and the pain are not been 'treated'.
Am I just overthinking things?